Tim Toomey Bio

    Chief Tim Toomey was appointed as Chief of Police on April 9, 2021. He was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He is married to Cheri and has two children, Joseph and Katelyn, son-in-law Eric, and a grandson J. Tim served in the United States Air Force from 1989 to 1993. He was stationed at the Grand Forks, North Dakota Air Force Base as an Offensive Avionics Technician on the B1 Bomber. After serving, Tim worked as a Journeyman electrician until joining the Watertown Police Department in 1999. He is a graduate of Mount Marty College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  

     Tim began his career as a Reserve Officer in October 1999 until August 2001 when he became a full-time officer. As a patrol officer, Tim was a Field Training Officer, DARE Instructor, SWAT team member, Bike Patrol member, Accident Reconstruction Team Member, DWI Team member, and took on many other responsibilities.

     In August of 2004, Tim was assigned as the School Resource Officer (SRO). Tim worked district-wide at all the schools in the community. Tim was instrumental in developing the SRO program and took pride in helping Watertown's youth succeed. In January 2007, Tim was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was assigned back to the Patrol Division. In August 2007, Tim was assigned as a detective with the Criminal Investigation Division. During that time, Tim investigated major crimes that occurred in the Watertown area including sex crimes, property crimes, and crimes against persons. In October 2008, Tim was promoted to Detective Sergeant. 

      As the Detective Sergeant, Tim supervised four detectives. Tim was responsible for case management and investigating major crimes in the Watertown area. Tim is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). He has received extensive training in the field of digital evidence and the investigation of computer crime. Tim worked closely with Federal, State, and Local law enforcement protecting children and is a trained Digital Forensics Examiner. On

April 2, 2013, Tim was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations. The Assistant Chief of Operations reports directly to the Chief of Police and is the second-highest-ranking member of the Watertown Police Department, and acts on behalf of the Chief of Police during his absence. The Assistant Chief of Operations is responsible for and oversees the largest organizational component of the Watertown Police Department. The Assistant Chief of Operations directly supervises the Operations Secretary, the Patrol Division, Animal Control Division, and the Detective Division. Additionally, the Assistant Chief of Operations manages the details of Sex Offender Registration, Ride-Along Program, Internet Crimes Against Children, Traffic Safety Team, and Crime Scene Teams. The Assistant Chief serves as the City's liaison officer with Glacial Lakes Humane Society.  

      In July 2010, Tim completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leading by Legacy Program, and became an instructor. In 2017, Tim graduated from the 269th session if the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia. The FBI National Academy is a highly acclaimed professional course of study for the U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program—which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science—serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

     Tim is co-founder of the Watertown DASH (Drug-free, Alcohol-free, Safe and Healthy) program. The mission of DASH is "To challenge community partnerships to lead by example and to empower Watertown youth to choose to live healthy and positive lifestyles." The Watertown Police Department and Community partners provide safe and healthy activities for youth throughout the year. The program is funded by community donors and supported by many volunteers.

     Tim's hobbies include hunting, fishing, martial arts, spending time with family, and running.


Watertown Police Department:

Coler-Williams Award (top award at the Law Enforcement Training Academy). 2003 Officer of the Year (Optimist Club), 2005 Merit Award, 2006 Watertown Police Department Officer of the Year, Community Service Award, Perfect Attendance Award, 2007 Officer of the Year (Optimist Club), 2007 VFW Officer of the Year, 2016 South Dakota Outstanding Drug Court Team Member, 2017 Supervisor of the Year Numerous Letters of Appreciation.

United States Air Force: Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Defense Service Medal, Airman of the Month, Airman of the Quarter, Letters of Accommodation.


 CJIS Advisory Policy Board, Watertown Healthy Youth, Lake Area Child Protection Team, Lake Area Interagency Team, Drug Endangered Coalition, School District Strategic Planning Social Committee, Mentoring Steering Committee, Tobacco-Free Coalition, Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Kiwanis Club, Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN), Fraternal Order of Police, Project Safe Childhood, Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, FBI National Academy Associates, International Association of Chief’s of Police, Human Rights Committee, HIG for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Assault Advisory Board, St Anne’s Board of Directors.